Saturday Snippet: I’m Blade Devon

Welcome to Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday. Snippets of ten sentences or less are yours for the reading!

Today’s snippet comes from Book Two of The Black Wing Chronicles ~ HERO’S END.

This is a difficult scene to take out of context. By this point, in the book, Blade’s back is against the wall. There have been several attempts on his life, one nearly successful, and he’s been ordered to give up his holofeature career and the woman he loves to take a safe desk job, complete with high security and body guards to protect him ~ a situation akin to life in prison with no chance of parole. He’s only just barely shaken the men assigned to protect him. His window for disappearing is rapidly dwindling. This scene is one last big gamble where he’s throwing all his chips into the pot and hoping he can pull out a winning hand.

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Blade studied the ongoing firefight, moving steadily towards a better vantage point. As near as he could tell, three gunmen faced at least eight with a half-dozen innocent bystanders trapped in the crossfire. The civilians were his first priority. He moved towards the nearest of the gunmen.

Surprisingly young, he crouched down behind a partition and fired over the civilians’ heads at the eight men who had taken positions along the stage and wings. He didn’t sense Blade’s approach until Blade was nearly on top of him. He turned quickly and leveled his blaster at him. Blade stopped and held out his hands to his sides.

“Sorry,” he said. “Didn’t mean to startle you… I’m Blade Devon.”

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28 thoughts on “Saturday Snippet: I’m Blade Devon

    1. I’ll admit to being heavily influenced by the original Ian Fleming novels. I read them all twenty-odd years ago when I was developing Blade originally. They’re on my TBR list to reread when I get this into the hands of the betas.

  1. I like this. Fairly cries out to me to want to read more. Blade is, quite obviously, someone with supreme confidence in himself if he is dropping in on gunmen in the middle of a fight. Good way to get shot….unless you know something the guys shooting don’t. I suspect he does.

    1. His confidence is an endless source of annoyance and amusement for his love interest. There is a paragraph earlier in the book:

      Of course he would say that. He was Blade freakin’ Devon, holofeature hero, Inner Circle Agent and Maker-only-knew-what-else. She’d never met a man more confident in his own abilities… and she’d grown up surrounded by the best pilots in the Commonwealth. Until she met him, she’d never believed any man could be more arrogant and cock-sure than a Barron Clan pilot.

    1. This is a difficult scene to take out of context. By this point, in the book, Blade’s back is against the wall. There have been several attempts on his life, one nearly successful, and he’s been ordered to give up his holofeature career and the woman he loves to take a safe desk job, complete with high security and body guards to protect him ~ a situation akin to life in prison with no chance of parole. He’s only just barely shaken the men assigned to protect him. His window for disappearing is rapidly dwindling. This scene is one last big gamble where he’s throwing all his chips into the pot and hoping he can pull out a winning hand.

        1. Believe it or not, these are the questions I want the reader asking. What’s really going on here? Is Blade really that clueless? Or is he that good? Was that a supremely boneheaded maneuver or is he crazy like a fox?

          Think wolf in sheep’s clothing. Blade often trades on his holofeature-hero persona to lull people into a false sense of security. Who is going to take him seriously as a threat? Unless you’ve seen him in action without the holocams, most people would be inclined to dismiss him out of hand because he’s only an actor. “I’m not a hero, I just play one in holofeatures.”

          He’s looked over the two factions at odds. He’s chosen the side he believes he can most easily manipulate.

  2. My first thought on reading the snippet was that Blade had played Bond at some stage in his career – but Patrick and tk beat me to it. Good snippet – the epitomy of cool under fire.

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